Poland

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Poland
Poland.png
Capital:
Warsaw

Government Type:
Authoritarian, Oligarchic

Faction:
Neutral

Flag of Poland Poland is a regional power in Central Europe. It is between two major powers, the Flag of German Reich German Reich and the Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union. It is arguably the 6th strongest country in Europe during World War II.

Historical background[edit]

The Second Polish Republic (Pol: Druga Rzeczpospolita) was perhaps the sixth most powerful country in Europe in 1936, but was caught between two rising superpowers — Flag of Germany Germany under the fanatical Nazis, and the Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union, the epicenter of Communism Communism. Due largely to limited economic resources, Poland was unable to keep pace with the intense armament efforts of its neighbors. After being the target of Hitler's political machinations, and becoming Poland's friend while weakening the country's independence and ties with Flag of France France, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Germany paved the way for territorial demands and, soon, war.

World War II is most often considered to have begun on 1 September 1939 with the invasion of Poland by the German Reich. Both the Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom, the leader of the Allies, and Flag of France France guaranteed Poland's independence, and did declare war on Germany. However, no real pressure was brought against the Third Reich. Almost 100 French divisions invaded Germany, but were ordered to halt 1 km from the thin and undermanned Siegfried Line and withdraw to their original positions in the Maginot Line. For 8 months after, the “Phoney War” of minor skirmishes and almost unreal quiet held sway as the allies did nothing. After the war, a German officer remarked that had the allies pressed their offensive then, Germany could only have held out for a few weeks.

The last divisions of the Polish Army capitulated after a month, on the 6th of October; but the Polish Government never officially surrendered. Indeed, their resistance was one of the best organized in Europe, complete with schools and a postal service. The Polish struggle continued on the Western Front with the Polish Fleet and Polish army brigades who evacuated through Flag of Romania Romania to France and thence to England.

Polish soldiers played key roles in the war including the Battle of Britain, the Battle of Narvik, and the Battle of Monte Cassino. However, the rise of the “Iron Curtain” and the West-East division of Europe negotiated between the allies and Comintern left Poland a Soviet satellite state, its true independence not to return until the fall of the USSR decades later.

Events[edit]

Main article: Polish events

National focus[edit]

Polish national focus tree.
Main article: Polish national focus tree

Flag of Poland Poland gets a unique national focus tree as part of a free DLC.

The focus tree can be divided into 5 main branches:

Central Region Strategy - The Four Year Plan
This branch offers the possibility to develop the nation's infrastructure and factories as well as enabling up to two additional research slots.
Prepare For The Next War
This branch has options to keep pace/modernize the Polish ground forces with/ahead of its neighbors.
Air Base Expansion
This branch includes focuses which grants several research bonuses to improve. First focus of the branch instantly expands state Capital's airport capacity (Danzig).
Develop Polish Ship Building
This branch includes focuses which grants several research bonuses that could potentially specialize or widen the range of ships available for service soon. Includes research bonus for naval doctrine advancements.
Strengthen The Polish State
This branch contains various diplomatic focuses and focuses to change the ideology of the government. This branch has mutually exclusive choices that enables the player to forge an alliance or create one of its own.

Technology[edit]

Poland starts with three research slots.

Army Technology Naval Technology Air Technology Electronics & Industry
  • Kbsp wz.38M Infantry Eq. I
  • Mountain Infantry I
  • Engineer Company I
  • Recon Company I
  • Renault FT Great War Tank
  • 75mm wz. 31 Towed Artillery I
  • 40mm wz. 36 Towed Anti-Air I
  • Early Destroyer Hull
  • Basic Depth Charges
  • 1936 Submarine Hull
  • Basic Torpedo
  • Naval Gunnery
  • Contact Mine
  • Minelaying Submarine
  • PZL.11 Interwar Fighter
  • Żubr Interwar Bomber
  • Karaś Close Air Support I
  • None
Doctrines
  • None
  • None

Diplomacy[edit]

Poland starts as non-aligned, but with their unique focus tree can easily join any of the main ideologies or even try and remain neutral through the war by starting their own faction.

In the 1936 opening, Poland has to make a decision on what faction to join. In 1936, the Polish Army is stronger than the Wehrmacht so an preemptive attack can be considered especially if Flag of France France declares war after the reoccupation of the Rhine event. If Poland chooses to join the Allies it needs to be aware of the fact that the brunt of the German war effort will be placed on it. If Poland chooses to join the Axis it has the potential to destroy the USSR. If Poland decides to join the Comintern it will be able to knock out Flag of Germany Germany very early on and prevent the Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union from claiming its eastern states. This course of action can be problematic if Poland joins the Axis and Germany takes the "Molotov Ribbentrop Pact" focus.

Alliances[edit]

In 1936, Poland does not belong in any alliances but it can form an alliance with France via decision late 1938. By national focus, Poland can create its own faction called "Międzymorze" (mid-sea/between-seas, a reference to the Baltic and Black seas—at its height of power in the 16th to 17th centuries, Poland's borders stretched from the Baltic to the Black sea. Arguably, the idea of returning to that former glory is part of the national consciousness, especially in the newly re-instituted second republic of the early 20th century).

Politics[edit]

Laws[edit]

Conscription Law Economy Law Trade Law
Volunteer Only.png Volunteer Only
  • 1.5% Recruitable population
Civilian Economy.png Civilian Economy
  • 35% Consumer Goods factories
  • –30% Factory construction speed
  • +30% Factory (type) conversion cost
  • -40% Fuel Gain per Oil
  • -25% Fuel Capacity
Export Focus.png Export Focus
  • 50% Resources to market
  • +5% Research speed
  • +10% Factory/Dockyard output
  • +10% Construction speed

Political parties[edit]

Political Party Ideology Popularity Party Leader Country Name Is Ruling?
Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe democracy Democratic 18% Wincenty Witos Polish Republic No, but can come to power by coup.
Communist Party of Poland communism Communist 2% Władysław Gomułka Polish People's Republic No, but can come to power by coup.
Oboz Narodowo Radykalny-Falanga fascism Fascist 15% Bolesław Piasecki Falangist Poland No, but can come to power by coup.
BBWR neutrality Non-Aligned 65% Ignacy Mościcki Poland Yes
BBWR neutrality Non-Aligned --- Władysław Sikorski Poland No, but can come to power via "Fall of Warsaw" event chain.

Economy[edit]

1936

Factories 1936
Military factory
Military Factories
Naval dockyard
Naval Dockyards
Civilian factory
Civilian Factories
9 1 17

As well as 37 free slots. 9 Civilian Factories are available for construction duty.

Total resources 1936
Oil.png
Oil
Rubber.png
Rubber
Steel.png
Steel
Aluminum.png
Aluminum
Tungsten.png
Tungsten
Chromium.png
Chromium
5(2) 0(0) 51(19) 11(2) 0(0) 0(0)

*These numbers represent the available resources for production at start of the game. In the bracket are the complete numbers including those lost for trading.

Military[edit]

Army[edit]

28NATO infantry.pngInfantry Divisions 2 NATO mountain.png Mountain Divisions 10NATO cavalry.pngCavalry Brigades

The Polish Army (Wojsko Polskie) is based on large infantry divisions as well as small cavalry brigades.

  • Infantry divisions are made of 9 infantry regiments + recon company.
  • The mountain divisions of 9 mountain regiments + recon comp.
  • Finally, the cavalry brigades are made of 3 cavalry regiments + recon comp.

Total: 30 Divisions + 10 brigades

Manpower.png Manpower Used: 320k

Navy[edit]

Screens and Submarines 1936
Destroyer.png
2 Destroyers
Submarine.png
3 Submarines

The Polish Navy (Marynarka Wojenna) is almost nonexistent. It is best to ignore any Naval research unless going for a World Conquest or there is nothing left to do.

Total: 5 vessels | Manpower.png Manpower Used: 1.1k

Air Force[edit]

Air force
Type No.
CAS.png Close air support 22
Fighter c.png Fighter 162

Total: 184 planes | Manpower.png Manpower Used: 3.68k

The Polish Air Force (Siły Powietrzne) is weak and it would take a lot of time to upgrade, but it is definitely worth upgrading to try and wrest air control from the Germans in 1939..

Strategies and guides[edit]

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Achievements[edit]

30 Minutes of Hel icon
30 Minutes of Hel
As Poland in the 1939 “Blitzkrieg” scenario start, inflict over 1,800,000 casualties to Germany to beat the 2018 PDXCON HOI4 challenge. Extra bragging rights if you do it in 30 minutes or less!
Bearer of Artillery icon
Bearer of Artillery
Gain Wojtek as commander.
Poland Can Into Space icon
Poland Can Into Space
Finish all Rocket Technologies as Poland.